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  • Firefighters battle vacant house fire

    Firefighters battle vacant house fire

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:41 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:41:22 GMT
    Firefighters battled an early-morning house fire near the intersection of Dryden and Vermass.The fire broke out at about 4:00 this morning.Fortunately, no one was hurt.Firefighters are still investigating what caused those flames.
    Firefighters battled an early-morning house fire near the intersection of Dryden and Vermass.The fire broke out at about 4:00 this morning.Fortunately, no one was hurt.Firefighters are still investigating what caused those flames.
  • West Nile virus found in Ottawa Hills

    West Nile virus found in Ottawa Hills

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:22:07 GMT
    West Nile is in Northwest Ohio. Biologists are confirming that 30 mosquitos tested positive for the virus. The test site where the infected mosquitos were found is in the Ottawa Hills area by Central Avenue. 30 mosquitos gathered around the second week of July were found to be carrying the virus. Health officials warn just one bite from an infected mosquito can give you the virus. In most people, West Nile feels like the flu, with aches, pains and fatigue. In some, the virus can be very ...
    West Nile is in Northwest Ohio. Biologists are confirming that 30 mosquitos tested positive for the virus. The test site where the infected mosquitos were found is in the Ottawa Hills area by Central Avenue. 30 mosquitos gathered around the second week of July were found to be carrying the virus. Health officials warn just one bite from an infected mosquito can give you the virus. In most people, West Nile feels like the flu, with aches, pains and fatigue. In some, the virus can be very ...
  • Salmonella outbreak trial starts

    Salmonella outbreak trial starts

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:02:55 GMT
    ATLANTA (AP) - Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.A federal indictment unsealed in February 2013 brought charges against the head of Peanut Corporation of America and several others stemming from the outbreak tied to peanuts processed by the company. It was an unusual move by the federal gover...
    ATLANTA (AP) - Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.A federal indictment unsealed in February 2013 brought charges against the head of Peanut Corporation of America and several others stemming from the outbreak tied to peanuts processed by the company. It was an unusual move by the federal gover...
  • American doctor treated for Ebola

    American doctor treated for Ebola

    Sunday, July 27 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-07-27 19:15:18 GMT
    A spokeswoman for an aid organization says an American doctor is receiving intensive medical treatment in West Africa after he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus.
    A spokeswoman for an aid organization says an American doctor is receiving intensive medical treatment in West Africa after he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus.
  • Police seek man who refused tuberculosis treatment

    Police seek man who refused tuberculosis treatment

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:33 PM EDT2014-07-27 01:33:25 GMT
    Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.
    Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.
  • Algae toxin spurs Ohio warning at Maumee Bay beach

    Algae toxin spurs Ohio warning at Maumee Bay beach

    Saturday, July 26 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-26 21:54:43 GMT
    The state is warning swimmers at a Maumee Bay State Park about potential hazards from toxic algae again appearing in Lake Erie's western basin.
    The state is warning swimmers at a Maumee Bay State Park about potential hazards from toxic algae again appearing in Lake Erie's western basin.
  • Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

    Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

    Saturday, July 26 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-07-26 19:55:42 GMT
    Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.
    Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.
  • Lou Gehrig's disease is rare, 1st US count finds

    Lou Gehrig's disease is rare, 1st US count finds

    Saturday, July 26 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-07-26 19:53:19 GMT
    The government has issued its first national estimate for Lou Gehrig's disease, confirming the devastating disease is rare. A national search turned up about 12,000 cases.
    The government has issued its first national estimate for Lou Gehrig's disease, confirming the devastating disease is rare. A national search turned up about 12,000 cases.
  • FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues

    FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues

    Saturday, July 26 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:52:39 GMT
     FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions.
     FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions.
  • Ohio testing mosquitoes for West Nile virus

    Ohio testing mosquitoes for West Nile virus

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:04 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:04:41 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio is again testing mosquitoes for West Nile virus after the program became a victim of federal budget cuts last year.
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio is again testing mosquitoes for West Nile virus after the program became a victim of federal budget cuts last year.
  • Insurers owe more than $1.2M in refunds in Ohio

    Insurers owe more than $1.2M in refunds in Ohio

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:12:33 GMT
    Federal officials say around 35,000 Ohioans will benefit from more than $1.2 million in refunds from insurance companies because of a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.
    Federal officials say around 35,000 Ohioans will benefit from more than $1.2 million in refunds from insurance companies because of a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.
  • Cystic fibrosis drug being tested at Toledo Hospital

    Cystic fibrosis drug being tested at Toledo Hospital

     

    It's being called the greatest advance in the treatment of the fatal lung disease cystic fibrosis. 13abc's Melissa Voetsch has more on the future of a drug being tested at Toledo Hospital.
  • Red Cross facing critical blood shortage

    Red Cross facing critical blood shortage

    With barely enough to cover lifesaving needs, and with even fewer donors each day, the American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is asking for your help to prevent a crisis.
  • McComb boil advisory lifted

    McComb boil advisory lifted

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:20:49 GMT
    The village of McComb's boil advisory is no longer in effect.
    The village of McComb's boil advisory is no longer in effect.
  • Help for Families of Heroin Addicts

    Help for Families of Heroin Addicts

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:55:49 GMT
    There is help for family members of Heroin Addicts. Whether it's loosing a loved one to a heroin overdose or living with an active addict who can't get clean.There are informational kits that you can get by going to www.awake.org. The boxes contain a number of different resources you can connect with to get you or your family member help. There are box kits that also contain in home drug and alcohol tests. If the test comes out positive, it gives you instructions on where to go to get a more ...
    There is help for family members of Heroin Addicts. Whether it's loosing a loved one to a heroin overdose or living with an active addict who can't get clean.There are informational kits that you can get by going to www.awake.org. The boxes contain a number of different resources you can connect with to get you or your family member help. There are box kits that also contain in home drug and alcohol tests. If the test comes out positive, it gives you instructions on where to go to get a more ...
  • U.S. HIV cases falling

    U.S. HIV cases falling

    Saturday, July 19 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-07-20 01:42:16 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S."It's encouraging," said Patrick Sullivan, an Emory University AIDS researcher who was not involved in the study.The reasons for the drop aren't clear. It might mean fewer new infections are occurring. Or that most infected people already have been diagnosed s...
    NEW YORK (AP) - The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S."It's encouraging," said Patrick Sullivan, an Emory University AIDS researcher who was not involved in the study.The reasons for the drop aren't clear. It might mean fewer new infections are occurring. Or that most infected people already have been diagnosed s...
  • FDA warns against powdered caffeine

    FDA warns against powdered caffeine

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:16:27 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen. Even a teaspoon of the powder could be lethal - it is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee. Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner of LaGrange, Ohio, died May 27 after consuming it. The FDA said teenagers and young adults may be particularly drawn to the caffeine powder, which is a stimulant. The agency said the products are 100 percent caffeine and ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen. Even a teaspoon of the powder could be lethal - it is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee. Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner of LaGrange, Ohio, died May 27 after consuming it. The FDA said teenagers and young adults may be particularly drawn to the caffeine powder, which is a stimulant. The agency said the products are 100 percent caffeine and ...
  • Thousands expected at African American Festival this weekend

    Thousands expected at African American Festival this weekend

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:16:28 GMT
    Thousands of people are expected to attend the 10th annual African American Festival this weekend. It's a family-friendly event hosted by the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union and the University of Toledo.
    Thousands of people are expected to attend the 10th annual African American Festival this weekend. It's a family-friendly event hosted by the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union and the University of Toledo.
  • State says Ohio measles outbreak could be at end

    State says Ohio measles outbreak could be at end

    The Health Department says Ohio's measles epidemic appears to be winding down while cases of mumps, while slowing, continue to infect people.
    The Health Department says Ohio's measles epidemic appears to be winding down while cases of mumps, while slowing, continue to infect people.
  • Study: Some patients should postpone knee-replacement surgeries

    Study: Some patients should postpone knee-replacement surgeries

    It's one of the most commonly performed surgeries, a total knee replacement, but a new study calls into question the frequency at which patients are going under the knife for the operation. The number of adults getting knee replacements more than tripled from 1993 to 2009. The jump is mostly due to better technology, but should some people wait longer before they get such a major surgery?
  • "Gay Blood Drive" calls for change to FDA rules

    "Gay Blood Drive" calls for change to FDA rules

    Saturday, July 12 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-07-12 15:39:55 GMT
    Men who have had sex with other men are not allowed to donate blood. That's according to guidelines set by the FDA.Inside the Toledo chapter of the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, some donors are not allowed. Instead, today, they're sending in surrogates.According the Food and Drug Administration, gay men Are not allowed to donate blood.The FDA's website states: "A history of male-to-male sex is associated with an increased risk for exposure to and transmission of certain infectious...
    Men who have had sex with other men are not allowed to donate blood. That's according to guidelines set by the FDA.Inside the Toledo chapter of the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, some donors are not allowed. Instead, today, they're sending in surrogates.According the Food and Drug Administration, gay men Are not allowed to donate blood.The FDA's website states: "A history of male-to-male sex is associated with an increased risk for exposure to and transmission of certain infectious...
  • Restaurant Report Card 7.10.14

    Restaurant Report Card 7.10.14

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:33:36 GMT
    From raw chicken ... to raw sushi.Those at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department want to make sure everything is at the right temperature, so you don't get a raw deal. Health inspectors noted 16 violations at the Ralphie's on Navarre in Oregon. 6 were critical. In response, a spokesperson for Bennett Enterprises emailed 13abc this statement: "We have corrected all critical violations immediately and I will be asking our inspector to return for a requested re-inspection to verify and recor...
    From raw chicken ... to raw sushi.Those at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department want to make sure everything is at the right temperature, so you don't get a raw deal. Health inspectors noted 16 violations at the Ralphie's on Navarre in Oregon. 6 were critical. In response, a spokesperson for Bennett Enterprises emailed 13abc this statement: "We have corrected all critical violations immediately and I will be asking our inspector to return for a requested re-inspection to verify and recor...
  • Mercy Memorial wants to join Promedica Health Systems

    Mercy Memorial wants to join Promedica Health Systems

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-07-09 20:56:03 GMT
    Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe is financially strong now, but it today's healthcare environment, it's unlikely that the independent hospital can that way, so they plan to join the Promedica Health system. Anette Phillips, President and CEO of Mercy Memorial says the hospital should see expansion and perhaps even more employees. The move is one of necessity for the hospital. Reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and insurance ware down and their costs for things like computerized records a...
    Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe is financially strong now, but it today's healthcare environment, it's unlikely that the independent hospital can that way, so they plan to join the Promedica Health system. Anette Phillips, President and CEO of Mercy Memorial says the hospital should see expansion and perhaps even more employees. The move is one of necessity for the hospital. Reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and insurance ware down and their costs for things like computerized records a...
  • Third child killed this month in a hot car

    Third child killed this month in a hot car

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-09 15:25:21 GMT
    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut police say the father of a 15-month-old boy who died after being left in a hot car drove his son to the hospital after finding the boy in the vehicle. Ridgefield Capt. Jeff Kreitz says the boy had been left inside the car Monday for an "extended period of time." He declined to provide further details and did not say whether criminal charges were being considered. Authorities say the cause of death has yet to be determined. Police say Danbury Hospital staff...
    RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut police say the father of a 15-month-old boy who died after being left in a hot car drove his son to the hospital after finding the boy in the vehicle. Ridgefield Capt. Jeff Kreitz says the boy had been left inside the car Monday for an "extended period of time." He declined to provide further details and did not say whether criminal charges were being considered. Authorities say the cause of death has yet to be determined. Police say Danbury Hospital staff...
  • West Nile virus detected in Columbus

    West Nile virus detected in Columbus

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:49 AM EDT2014-07-09 10:49:17 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Health officials in Columbus say two pools of mosquitoes on the south side of the city have tested positive for West Nile virus.The city plans to begin spraying in those areas on Wednesday. The Columbus Dispatch reports they are the first positive tests for West Nile virus in the region this summer. The Ohio Department of Health reported 24 human cases of West Nile virus last year and three deaths statewide. Health workers in Columbus are trapping mosquitoes at 81 locati...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Health officials in Columbus say two pools of mosquitoes on the south side of the city have tested positive for West Nile virus.The city plans to begin spraying in those areas on Wednesday. The Columbus Dispatch reports they are the first positive tests for West Nile virus in the region this summer. The Ohio Department of Health reported 24 human cases of West Nile virus last year and three deaths statewide. Health workers in Columbus are trapping mosquitoes at 81 locati...
  • Local transplant patients take the national stage

    Local transplant patients take the national stage

    Monday, July 7 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-07-07 21:40:55 GMT
    A Waterville man was near death a few years ago but the generosity of another saved his life and because of that life saving gift he is healthy enough to compete at the Transplant Games of America in Houston later this week.It took more than three years for chris may to get his double lung transplant and he says doctors told him he was weeks away from death but since the transplant he's enjoying every minute of his second chance. He's hoping to bring home the gold and get more people to give...
    A Waterville man was near death a few years ago but the generosity of another saved his life and because of that life saving gift he is healthy enough to compete at the Transplant Games of America in Houston later this week.It took more than three years for chris may to get his double lung transplant and he says doctors told him he was weeks away from death but since the transplant he's enjoying every minute of his second chance. He's hoping to bring home the gold and get more people to give...
  • Seniors learn "parkour," sport of daredevil youths

    Seniors learn "parkour," sport of daredevil youths

    Saturday, July 5 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-07-06 01:42:21 GMT
    LONDON (AP) - On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges - all elements of a daredevil discipline known as "parkour." What was unusual about the scene is that Thomson is 79 and all of her classmates are over 60. They are members of a unique weekly class for seniors in a sport more commonly known for gravity-defying jumps than helping people with arthritis. Invented in the 1980s in France, parkour is a spo...
    LONDON (AP) - On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges - all elements of a daredevil discipline known as "parkour." What was unusual about the scene is that Thomson is 79 and all of her classmates are over 60. They are members of a unique weekly class for seniors in a sport more commonly known for gravity-defying jumps than helping people with arthritis. Invented in the 1980s in France, parkour is a spo...
  • Ohio rape kit DNA tests yield nearly 1,500 hits

    Ohio rape kit DNA tests yield nearly 1,500 hits

    Friday, July 4 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-07-04 15:37:05 GMT
    Ohio's attorney general says an initiative to test previously untested rape kits has led to almost 1,500 hits to DNA profiles in a law enforcement database. A statement from Attorney General Mike DeWine says just over 8,000 sexual assault kits have been submitted by 140 law enforcement agencies since the program began in 2012.
    Ohio's attorney general says an initiative to test previously untested rape kits has led to almost 1,500 hits to DNA profiles in a law enforcement database. A statement from Attorney General Mike DeWine says just over 8,000 sexual assault kits have been submitted by 140 law enforcement agencies since the program began in 2012.
  • 1st West Nile virus detection of year in Michigan

    1st West Nile virus detection of year in Michigan

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-02 19:03:28 GMT
    Michigan health officials say they've confirmed the presence of mosquitoes with the West Nile virus for the first time this season.
    Michigan health officials say they've confirmed the presence of mosquitoes with the West Nile virus for the first time this season.
  • Toledo mayor: Ban hiring smokers for city jobs

    Toledo mayor: Ban hiring smokers for city jobs

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-07-01 22:09:55 GMT
    Toledo could become the first city in Ohio to ban the hiring of tobacco users. The mayor says he wants to prohibit bringing on anyone who uses tobacco products. He says the goal is to save the city money on future health care costs. Current city workers who smoke would be able to keep their jobs under the plan. Some on city council are hesitant. They argue that not hiring smokers could eliminate talented people as potential job applicants. Others question how much money would actually be...
    Toledo could become the first city in Ohio to ban the hiring of tobacco users. The mayor says he wants to prohibit bringing on anyone who uses tobacco products. He says the goal is to save the city money on future health care costs. Current city workers who smoke would be able to keep their jobs under the plan. Some on city council are hesitant. They argue that not hiring smokers could eliminate talented people as potential job applicants. Others question how much money would actually be...
  • Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

    Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

    Monday, June 30 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-06-30 15:02:58 GMT
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices' 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law.
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices' 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law.
  • Swimmer's itch recurring problem in Michigan lakes

    Swimmer's itch recurring problem in Michigan lakes

    Sunday, June 29 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-06-29 18:46:02 GMT
    Swimmer's itch is a painful problem that many northern Michigan visitors can't duck.
    Swimmer's itch is a painful problem that many northern Michigan visitors can't duck.
  • Coroner: Ohio student died from caffeine overdose

    Coroner: Ohio student died from caffeine overdose

    Sunday, June 29 2014 2:27 PM EDT2014-06-29 18:27:28 GMT
    A northern Ohio coroner says a high school senior found dead a week before graduation died from a caffeine overdose.
    A northern Ohio coroner says a high school senior found dead a week before graduation died from a caffeine overdose.
  • New Michigan laws fighting meth production

    New Michigan laws fighting meth production

    Sunday, June 29 2014 5:30 AM EDT2014-06-29 09:30:08 GMT
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New Michigan laws are intended to stop people from buying small amount of medicine from numerous stores to illegally make the drug methamphetamine.
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New Michigan laws are intended to stop people from buying small amount of medicine from numerous stores to illegally make the drug methamphetamine.
  • Gloves can now come off in California kitchens

    Gloves can now come off in California kitchens

    Saturday, June 28 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-06-28 23:57:28 GMT
    The gloves are coming off in California kitchens. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he signed AB 2130, which repeals a state regulation requiring restaurant employees to use gloves or utensils to handle food going straight to diners' plates.
    The gloves are coming off in California kitchens. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he signed AB 2130, which repeals a state regulation requiring restaurant employees to use gloves or utensils to handle food going straight to diners' plates.
  • No local criminal charges in Bay Park Hospital breach

    No local criminal charges in Bay Park Hospital breach

    Friday, June 27 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-06-27 20:25:30 GMT
    We’re getting some answers in the ProMedica Bay Park patient security breach. Police say 25-year old Jamie Knapp of Adrian, Michigan will not be facing local criminal charges in the investigation, but Knapp is still the target of a federal investigation into the case. According to investigators, patients’ financial and medical information has not been compromised by the breach.
    We’re getting some answers in the ProMedica Bay Park patient security breach. Police say 25-year old Jamie Knapp of Adrian, Michigan will not be facing local criminal charges in the investigation, but Knapp is still the target of a federal investigation into the case. According to investigators, patients’ financial and medical information has not been compromised by the breach.
  • FDA approves inhalable diabetes drug Afrezza

    FDA approves inhalable diabetes drug Afrezza

    Friday, June 27 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-06-27 19:49:28 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels.
    The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels.
  • Report on ProMedica Bay Park privacy breach to be released Friday

    Report on ProMedica Bay Park privacy breach to be released Friday

    Finally we’re getting some answers about the patient privacy breech at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. 13abc's Melissa Voetsch has the latest.

    Finally we’re getting some answers about the patient privacy breech at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. 13abc's Melissa Voetsch has the latest.

  • Safer implantable heart defibrillators

    Safer implantable heart defibrillators

    A major advance in the treatment of heart disease. It's a safer device for people who need implantable heart defibrillators. 13abc's Melissa Voetsch shows us how it works.
  • Courts fight heroin scourge with Vivitrol drug injections

    Courts fight heroin scourge with Vivitrol drug injections

    Sunday, June 22 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-06-22 20:53:10 GMT
    Criminal justice officials across the country are trying to combat the surging number of overdose deaths by fighting heroin needles with treatment needles.
    Criminal justice officials across the country are trying to combat the surging number of overdose deaths by fighting heroin needles with treatment needles.
  • State: make sure hospital employees have measles immunity

    State: make sure hospital employees have measles immunity

    Saturday, June 21 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-06-21 20:16:35 GMT
    Health officials have given Ohio hospitals updated guidance on dealing with patients who have measles and limiting the spread of the illness in health care environments as an outbreak continues to grow.
    Health officials have given Ohio hospitals updated guidance on dealing with patients who have measles and limiting the spread of the illness in health care environments as an outbreak continues to grow.
  • Study suggests spacing pregnancies by at least 18 mos.

    Study suggests spacing pregnancies by at least 18 mos.

    The old conventional wisdom was that you should wait a year before you get pregnant again, but we're seeing a rise in premature babies in women who don't wait at least 18 months.
  • Heroin: A losing battle

    Heroin: A losing battle

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-06-17 22:15:23 GMT
    We are loosing people to Heroin addiction in record numbers. Those are the hard facts according to Police and Toxicologist Dr. Bob Forney from the Lucas County Coroners office. Three months ago 22-year old Derek Brown shared his struggles with 13ABC in overcoming his Heroin addiction. At that time he was succeeding. But, Friday June 13th, Browns mother called paramedics to their home on an overdose. Police found Brown dead with drug paraphernalia next to him. A final ruling on his death is p...
    We are loosing people to Heroin addiction in record numbers. Those are the hard facts according to Police and Toxicologist Dr. Bob Forney from the Lucas County Coroners office. Three months ago 22-year old Derek Brown shared his struggles with 13ABC in overcoming his Heroin addiction. At that time he was succeeding. But, Friday June 13th, Browns mother called paramedics to their home on an overdose. Police found Brown dead with drug paraphernalia next to him. A final ruling on his death is p...
  • Doctors urging pertussis vaccine for all pregnant women

    Doctors urging pertussis vaccine for all pregnant women

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-06-17 16:07:22 GMT
    Whooping cough is spreading across the country. As of today, the Department of Health in California is declaring the disease an epidemic. Your child could be at risk but one of the best ways to protect them is by protecting yourself first. Pertussis or whooping cough is a highly contagious disease. It leaves little ones wheezing and struggling to breathe. "Respiratory problems, breathing, choking, they might need to be in the hospital and can die from this," says Jayne Roth, a certified ...
    Whooping cough is spreading across the country. As of today, the Department of Health in California is declaring the disease an epidemic. Your child could be at risk but one of the best ways to protect them is by protecting yourself first. Pertussis or whooping cough is a highly contagious disease. It leaves little ones wheezing and struggling to breathe. "Respiratory problems, breathing, choking, they might need to be in the hospital and can die from this," says Jayne Roth, a certified ...
  • Peak season for Strawberries

    Peak season for Strawberries

    Monday, June 16 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-06-16 21:37:08 GMT
    Strawberry season is at its peak in the year. Johnston Fruit Farms in Swanton, Ohio, is one of several farms in the area that allows people to pick their own strawberries. Marsha Mora the second generation to run the family fruit farm. She says the berries made it through a tough winter. "Even though we had temperatures around twenty below zero, the berries were covered with snow. The snow acted as a protective blanket, so they came through the winter just fine." According to the Michigan Sta...
    Strawberry season is at its peak in the year. Johnston Fruit Farms in Swanton, Ohio, is one of several farms in the area that allows people to pick their own strawberries. Marsha Mora the second generation to run the family fruit farm. She says the berries made it through a tough winter. "Even though we had temperatures around twenty below zero, the berries were covered with snow. The snow acted as a protective blanket, so they came through the winter just fine." According to the Michigan Sta...
  • Progress made on a 'bionic pancreas' for diabetics

    Progress made on a 'bionic pancreas' for diabetics

    Sunday, June 15 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-06-16 02:11:35 GMT
    Scientists have made big progress on a "bionic pancreas" to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said Sunday.
    Scientists have made big progress on a "bionic pancreas" to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said Sunday.
  • How Sex Could Wipe Out Malaria

    How Sex Could Wipe Out Malaria

    Sunday, June 15 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-06-15 21:43:49 GMT
    Scientists think they have figured out a way to wipe out mosquitoes that transmit malaria, a horrible disease that kills a million humans every year. Based on laboratory experiments, they think they can do it by messing up the sex life of Anopheles gambiae, the mosquito that sucks blood out of other animals, including humans, that carries the parasite that causes a disease for which there is no vaccine. It has been estimated that a child dies every 30 seconds in sub-Sahara Africa from malar...
    Scientists think they have figured out a way to wipe out mosquitoes that transmit malaria, a horrible disease that kills a million humans every year. Based on laboratory experiments, they think they can do it by messing up the sex life of Anopheles gambiae, the mosquito that sucks blood out of other animals, including humans, that carries the parasite that causes a disease for which there is no vaccine. It has been estimated that a child dies every 30 seconds in sub-Sahara Africa from malar...
  • Incurable mosquito virus arrives in U.S.

    Incurable mosquito virus arrives in U.S.

    Saturday, June 14 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-06-15 01:32:56 GMT
    A new virus that has no cure has arrived in the U.S.  Chikungunya is carried by mosquitoes and it is being reported in six states.
    A new virus that has no cure has arrived in the U.S.  Chikungunya is carried by mosquitoes and it is being reported in six states.
  • Sandusky man survives heart attack thanks to fiancé

    Sandusky man survives heart attack thanks to fiancé

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-06-11 00:44:21 GMT
    A Sandusky man is enjoying his second chance at life. 50-year-old Dale Ryan was jogging with his fiancée Carolyn at the end of May, when he suddenly collapsed from a massive heart attack. Carolyn immediately administered CPR, something doctors credit with saving Ryan's life. The two were scheduled to be married this fall, but after Dale regained consciousness, the couple decided to tie the knot at the hospital before he had to undergo triple bypass surgery. “It's kind of a wake-up call,” ...
    A Sandusky man is enjoying his second chance at life. 50-year-old Dale Ryan was jogging with his fiancée Carolyn at the end of May, when he suddenly collapsed from a massive heart attack. Carolyn immediately administered CPR, something doctors credit with saving Ryan's life. The two were scheduled to be married this fall, but after Dale regained consciousness, the couple decided to tie the knot at the hospital before he had to undergo triple bypass surgery. “It's kind of a wake-up call,” ...
  • Pharmacies gearing up to offer MMR Vaccines

    Pharmacies gearing up to offer MMR Vaccines

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-06-10 22:34:35 GMT
    Starting this week, the ohio state board of pharmacy issued an emergency rule. It allows pharmacists to administer the m-m-r vaccine to anyone 18 years or older. There's a couple of factors at play that are fueling the urgency here. First is the return of measles....in the north central part of ohio. Second, in a large number of the mumps cases from the columbus area, the people infected thought they were protected, and that has health investigators looking for new answers. Lucas County Heal...
    Starting this week, the ohio state board of pharmacy issued an emergency rule. It allows pharmacists to administer the m-m-r vaccine to anyone 18 years or older. There's a couple of factors at play that are fueling the urgency here. First is the return of measles....in the north central part of ohio. Second, in a large number of the mumps cases from the columbus area, the people infected thought they were protected, and that has health investigators looking for new answers. Lucas County Heal...
  • Women urge caution with popular birth control

    Women urge caution with popular birth control

    Monday, June 9 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-06-10 00:01:11 GMT
    The Essure birth control method promises permanent sterilization. Tiny nickle coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes, prompting scar tissue to form around them, effectively blocking the tubes and preventing eggs from being released. However some local women are part of a growing national group of dissatisfied patients who've had what they call serious complications from the procedure. Dawn Jarrett and Melissa Crocker are recovering from what they describe as a physical nightmare. Both wo...
    The Essure birth control method promises permanent sterilization. Tiny nickle coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes, prompting scar tissue to form around them, effectively blocking the tubes and preventing eggs from being released. However some local women are part of a growing national group of dissatisfied patients who've had what they call serious complications from the procedure. Dawn Jarrett and Melissa Crocker are recovering from what they describe as a physical nightmare. Both wo...
  • Free Donuts on Donut Day

    Free Donuts on Donut Day

    Friday, June 6 2014 6:13 AM EDT2014-06-06 10:13:05 GMT
    Today is National Donut Day. What does that mean? Free donuts. Dunkin' Donuts has teamed up with the Salvation Army to offer free donuts with the purchase of a beverage. The Chicago Salvation Army established the day in 1938. It was a way to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I and World War II.
    Today is National Donut Day. What does that mean? Free donuts. Dunkin' Donuts has teamed up with the Salvation Army to offer free donuts with the purchase of a beverage. The Chicago Salvation Army established the day in 1938. It was a way to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I and World War II.
  • Ohio town includes e-cigarettes in smoking ban

    Ohio town includes e-cigarettes in smoking ban

    A northern Ohio college town has joined the growing number of municipalities that are including electronic cigarettes in their public smoking bans.
    A northern Ohio college town has joined the growing number of municipalities that are including electronic cigarettes in their public smoking bans.
  • Measles making a record comeback

    Measles making a record comeback

    It’s a disease that was eliminated from this country 14 years ago, but now the measles outbreak is reaching a record in its comeback. 13abc's Melissa Voetsch gives us some perspective on how the outbreak could impact you and your family.
  • Experimental drug could help cancer patients, at high cost

    Experimental drug could help cancer patients, at high cost

    Saturday, May 31 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-05-31 16:47:13 GMT
    CHICAGO (AP) - For the first time in a decade, an experimental drug has extended the life of patients with advanced lung cancer who relapsed after standard chemotherapy. But the benefit in the study was so small - six extra weeks, on average - that it is raising fresh questions about the value of some costly new cancer medicines. Eli Lilly and Co.'s drug Cyramza (sih-RAM-zuh) was tested in more than 1,200 patients. It is sold now for stomach cancer and costs $6,000 per infusion. The study was...
    CHICAGO (AP) - For the first time in a decade, an experimental drug has extended the life of patients with advanced lung cancer who relapsed after standard chemotherapy. But the benefit in the study was so small - six extra weeks, on average - that it is raising fresh questions about the value of some costly new cancer medicines. Eli Lilly and Co.'s drug Cyramza (sih-RAM-zuh) was tested in more than 1,200 patients. It is sold now for stomach cancer and costs $6,000 per infusion. The study was...
  • Healthcare System: Ann Arbor, Toledo VA facilities not under investigation

    Healthcare System: Ann Arbor, Toledo VA facilities not under investigation

    Friday, May 30 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-05-30 22:13:27 GMT
    The Office of Inspector General is investigating dozens of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country in the wake of an alleged cover-up of scheduling delays.

    The Office of Inspector General is investigating dozens of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country in the wake of an alleged cover-up of scheduling delays.

  • Police open criminal investigation into ProMedica Bay Park security breach

    Police open criminal investigation into ProMedica Bay Park security breach

    Friday, May 30 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-05-30 20:09:49 GMT
    MEDIA RELEASE:OREGON, Ohio, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – ProMedica Bay Park Hospital is individually notifying 594 patients regarding a breach of protected health information. On April 2, Bay Park Hospital discovered that between April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014, an employee accessed the records of patients that the employee was not directly treating without a valid business reason. An investigation found the information the employee accessed may have included full name, date of birth, diagnos...
    ProMedica has announced it is investigating a privacy breach at Bay Park Hospital in Oregon. We're told an employee accessed the records of nearly 600 patients, including personal information like names and medications.
  • Breaking News

    Court approves UTMC botched kidney transplant settlement for $650K

    Court approves UTMC botched kidney transplant settlement for $650K

    Thursday, May 29 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-05-29 22:15:53 GMT
    The mistaken disposal of a healthy donor kidney meant for the donor’s sister will cost the University of Toledo Medical Center $650,000.
    The mistaken disposal of a healthy donor kidney meant for the donor’s sister will cost the University of Toledo Medical Center $650,000.
  • Suspect’s motivation in hospital privacy breach unknown

    Suspect’s motivation in hospital privacy breach unknown

    The issue of patient privacy is getting a lot of attention in light of a recent security breach at Bay Park Hospital.
  • Gov't puts new age restriction on tanning beds

    Gov't puts new age restriction on tanning beds

    Thursday, May 29 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-05-29 17:22:31 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18, under a government action Thursday aimed at reducing rising rates of skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices.The Food and Drug Administration has regulated tanning machines for over 30 years, but for the first time the agency is requiring manufacturers to warn consumers about the cancer risks of indoor tanning.Along with the bolded age restriction on the machi...
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18, under a government action Thursday aimed at reducing rising rates of skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices.The Food and Drug Administration has regulated tanning machines for over 30 years, but for the first time the agency is requiring manufacturers to warn consumers about the cancer risks of indoor tanning.Along with the bolded age restriction on the machi...
  • U. of Michigan part of concussion study effort

    U. of Michigan part of concussion study effort

    The University of Michigan is a partner in a national effort to study concussions that's being discussed by President Barack Obama.
    The University of Michigan is a partner in a national effort to study concussions that's being discussed by President Barack Obama.
  • Weight-loss surgery used to fight diabetes

    Weight-loss surgery used to fight diabetes

    There can be a stigma attached to weight loss surgery, but that mindset is changing fast. Bariatric or stomach reduction surgery is looked at as a last resort to lose weight, but new research is showing it has the potential to cure or drastically improve Type II Diabetes. The results are dramatic and life-changing for the people getting it.
  • John Travolta movie to begin filming in Cleveland

    John Travolta movie to begin filming in Cleveland

    Movie crews are returning to Cleveland this summer.
    Movie crews are returning to Cleveland this summer.
  • Sweets makers work to keep names off e-cigarettes

    Sweets makers work to keep names off e-cigarettes

    Sunday, May 25 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-05-25 21:16:16 GMT
    Owners of brands geared toward children of all ages are battling to keep notable names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch off the flavored nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.
    Owners of brands geared toward children of all ages are battling to keep notable names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch off the flavored nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.
  • Ohio measles outbreak grows to 143 confirmed cases

    Ohio measles outbreak grows to 143 confirmed cases

    The number of confirmed cases in measles outbreak in Ohio has more than doubled over the past 10 days.
    The number of confirmed cases in measles outbreak in Ohio has more than doubled over the past 10 days.
  • Toledo's last abortion clinic fights to stay open

    Toledo's last abortion clinic fights to stay open

    The last abortion clinic left in Toledo has taken another legal step in its struggle to survive.
    The last abortion clinic left in Toledo has taken another legal step in its struggle to survive.
  • Promedica plans health and wellness center at Starlite Plaza

    Promedica plans health and wellness center at Starlite Plaza

    Thursday, May 22 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-05-23 02:42:03 GMT
    There could soon be new life at Starlite Plaza in Sylvania.Promedica has some major development plans for the former Churchill's and parts of the shopping center.If everything goes as planned, and city leaders sign off, the empty buildings would become a three story, nearly 230,000 square foot health and wellness center.The $45 million project will be unique, centralizing some 200 doctors under one roof.The goal is to make visits easier on patients and promote collaboration between physicians...
    There could soon be new life at Starlite Plaza in Sylvania.Promedica has some major development plans for the former Churchill's and parts of the shopping center.If everything goes as planned, and city leaders sign off, the empty buildings would become a three story, nearly 230,000 square foot health and wellness center.The $45 million project will be unique, centralizing some 200 doctors under one roof.The goal is to make visits easier on patients and promote collaboration between physicians...
  • Restaurant owner speaks out about E. coli safety

    Restaurant owner speaks out about E. coli safety

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-05-21 01:51:47 GMT
    The beef involved in a recent massive recall was only shipped to restaurants, not grocery stores. We asked one local restaurant what they does to ensure food safety. We went to Burger Bar on Heatherdowns, which is not involved in the investigation of the tainted beef in any way. But the recall has a lot of restaurants and some customers on high alert
    The beef involved in a recent massive recall was only shipped to restaurants, not grocery stores. We asked one local restaurant what they does to ensure food safety. We went to Burger Bar on Heatherdowns, which is not involved in the investigation of the tainted beef in any way. But the recall has a lot of restaurants and some customers on high alert
  • Beef tainted with E. coli found at 2 Toledo restaurants

    Beef tainted with E. coli found at 2 Toledo restaurants

    Monday, May 19 2014 10:18 PM EDT2014-05-20 02:18:39 GMT
    The Lucas County Health Department says beef tainted with E. coli was sold to two Toledo restaurants. The names of the restaurants are not being released. All of the beef in question has been recalled. A total of four people in Lucas County have been made sick by the beef.
    The Lucas County Health Department says beef tainted with E. coli was sold to two Toledo restaurants. The names of the restaurants are not being released. All of the beef in question has been recalled. A total of four people in Lucas County have been made sick by the beef.
  • Local cancer trials helping future patients

    Local cancer trials helping future patients

    Monday, May 19 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-05-19 21:44:27 GMT
    There aren't many of us who haven't been affected by cancer. One of the ways researchers help fight back against the disease is through clinical trials.The American Cancer Society has teamed up with a number of local health care providers for Cancer Clinical Trial Awareness Week.Right now there are nearly 80 cancer clinical trials here in the Toledo area and what they learn from those trials will help shape the future of treatment for people fighting the disease. Deb Boyce was diagnosed w...
    There aren't many of us who haven't been affected by cancer. One of the ways researchers help fight back against the disease is through clinical trials.The American Cancer Society has teamed up with a number of local health care providers for Cancer Clinical Trial Awareness Week.Right now there are nearly 80 cancer clinical trials here in the Toledo area and what they learn from those trials will help shape the future of treatment for people fighting the disease. Deb Boyce was diagnosed w...
  • The Cerebral Palsy Swagger

    The Cerebral Palsy Swagger

    Monday, May 19 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-05-19 21:41:22 GMT
    Hunter Gandee is a Bedford wrestler and football player. His biggest fan is his little brother Braden. Braden is seven and was born with cerebral palsy. The condition affects his motor abilities. Braden loves to cheer on his big brother and Hunter has made it his mission to raise awareness about cerebral palsy. On June 7th and 8th Hunter is going to walk from the Bedford Junior High wrestling room to the University of Michigan Wrestling room, The Bahna Center, carrying his brother on his ba...
    Hunter Gandee is a Bedford wrestler and football player. His biggest fan is his little brother Braden. Braden is seven and was born with cerebral palsy. The condition affects his motor abilities. Braden loves to cheer on his big brother and Hunter has made it his mission to raise awareness about cerebral palsy. On June 7th and 8th Hunter is going to walk from the Bedford Junior High wrestling room to the University of Michigan Wrestling room, The Bahna Center, carrying his brother on his ba...
  • Officials: 1.8M pounds of ground beef recalled

    Officials: 1.8M pounds of ground beef recalled

    Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli.
    Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli.
  • House GOP bill would roll back school lunch rules

    House GOP bill would roll back school lunch rules

    Monday, May 19 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-05-19 15:23:50 GMT
    House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money.
    House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money.
  • Detroit company recalls ground beef linked to E.coli outbreak

    Detroit company recalls ground beef linked to E.coli outbreak

    Monday, May 19 2014 6:14 AM EDT2014-05-19 10:14:37 GMT
    DETROIT (AP) - Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that affected Wolverine Packing Co. products were produced between March 31 and April 18. They were shipped to distributors in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. The Food Safety and Inspecti...
    DETROIT (AP) - Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that affected Wolverine Packing Co. products were produced between March 31 and April 18. They were shipped to distributors in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. The Food Safety and Inspecti...
  • Movement to expand experimental drugs for some

    Movement to expand experimental drugs for some

    Saturday, May 17 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-05-17 18:57:06 GMT
    Colorado is poised to become the first state to allow terminally ill patients to access experimental medications, even when those medicines are years away from getting federal approval.
    Colorado is poised to become the first state to allow terminally ill patients to access experimental medications, even when those medicines are years away from getting federal approval.
  • Getting Off Opiate Pain Medication

    Getting Off Opiate Pain Medication

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-05-15 00:10:28 GMT
    The one common thread you'll find amongst all recovering heroin addicts: They started their drug use by abusing prescription opiate pain medications. For many, it was a legitimate reason for taking the pain medication to begin with. According to pain management specialists, a small percentage of people taking these medications have a genetic predisposition to addiction. And soon, these people are taking the medication for the euphoric effect of the opiate rather than the effect it has on pai...
    The one common thread you'll find amongst all recovering heroin addicts: They started their drug use by abusing prescription opiate pain medications. For many, it was a legitimate reason for taking the pain medication to begin with. According to pain management specialists, a small percentage of people taking these medications have a genetic predisposition to addiction. And soon, these people are taking the medication for the euphoric effect of the opiate rather than the effect it has on pai...
  • Heroin use soars in Ohio child custody cases

    Heroin use soars in Ohio child custody cases

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-05-14 19:47:05 GMT
    Heroin use by the parents or caregivers is skyrocketing as a factor in Ohio child custody cases, according to first-ever state data on the effect of specific drugs on cases.
    Heroin use by the parents or caregivers is skyrocketing as a factor in Ohio child custody cases, according to first-ever state data on the effect of specific drugs on cases.
  • Ohio lawmakers want day care kids vaccinated

    Ohio lawmakers want day care kids vaccinated

    Two Ohio lawmakers say they will introduce legislation requiring kids in day care to be vaccinated for preventable diseases such as mumps and measles.
    Two Ohio lawmakers say they will introduce legislation requiring kids in day care to be vaccinated for preventable diseases such as mumps and measles.
  • Mumps and Measles make unwelcome comeback

    Mumps and Measles make unwelcome comeback

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-05-13 21:53:44 GMT
    The mumps and measles are making a worrisome comeback. Ohio has one of the biggest combined outbreaks in the country. The measles outbreak in Ohio is concentrated in Knox County which is just of Columbus. Health department officials say it was brought to an Amish Community by an Amish Missionary returning from the Philippines, where they caught it. The Amish are unvaccinated and it made the perfect storm for an outbreak. Symptoms of Measles include cough, fever, red eyes, and the classic ras...
    The mumps and measles are making a worrisome comeback. Ohio has one of the biggest combined outbreaks in the country. The measles outbreak in Ohio is concentrated in Knox County which is just of Columbus. Health department officials say it was brought to an Amish Community by an Amish Missionary returning from the Philippines, where they caught it. The Amish are unvaccinated and it made the perfect storm for an outbreak. Symptoms of Measles include cough, fever, red eyes, and the classic ras...
  • Northwest Ohio Girl Gets Bionic Arm

    Northwest Ohio Girl Gets Bionic Arm

    Monday, May 12 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-05-12 21:50:27 GMT
    19-year old Torri Biddle has a bionic arm! Quite literally. She has a birth defect that left her without her right forearm and hand. Torri says she tried to never let anyone know it bothered her. She even switched from Soccer to Basketball in high school at Liberty Center, so she could overcome the challenge of playing with one arm. Yet during the summer she admits she'd often wear long sleeves to hide the missing arm that so many would stare at. This past summer, Torri's friends decided they...
    19-year old Torri Biddle has a bionic arm! Quite literally. She has a birth defect that left her without her right forearm and hand. Torri says she tried to never let anyone know it bothered her. She even switched from Soccer to Basketball in high school at Liberty Center, so she could overcome the challenge of playing with one arm. Yet during the summer she admits she'd often wear long sleeves to hide the missing arm that so many would stare at. This past summer, Torri's friends decided they...
  • Study: driving while pregnant may be risky

    Study: driving while pregnant may be risky

    Monday, May 12 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-05-12 20:01:36 GMT
    Pregnancy may make a woman more likely to have a car accident.
    Pregnancy may make a woman more likely to have a car accident.
  • Officials: 2nd US case of MERS being reported

    Officials: 2nd US case of MERS being reported

    Monday, May 12 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-05-12 16:43:14 GMT
     Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
     Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
  • US syphilis rate up; mostly gay and bisexual men

    US syphilis rate up; mostly gay and bisexual men

    Sunday, May 11 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-05-11 19:39:27 GMT
    Health officials say syphilis has reached its highest level since 1995 with the increase all in men.
    Health officials say syphilis has reached its highest level since 1995 with the increase all in men.
  • Report details 2nd sexual assault at Flower Hospital

    Report details 2nd sexual assault at Flower Hospital

    Thursday, May 8 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-05-08 22:04:39 GMT
    An alleged rape is now being confirmed as the cause for an investigation into patient safety at Flower Hospital. A 73-page document was released Thursday afternoon by the US Department of Health and Human Services. One of the new revelations in the report is that a second alleged sexual assault happened back in 2011 at the Flower Hospital psychiatric unit. Earlier this week, Flower Hospital went on record, saying it takes full responsibility for patient safety on its campus. The hospital s...
    An alleged rape is now being confirmed as the cause for an investigation into patient safety at Flower Hospital. A 73-page document was released Thursday afternoon by the US Department of Health and Human Services. One of the new revelations in the report is that a second alleged sexual assault happened back in 2011 at the Flower Hospital psychiatric unit. Earlier this week, Flower Hospital went on record, saying it takes full responsibility for patient safety on its campus. The hospital s...
  • Increasing numbers of babies born dependent on heroin

    Increasing numbers of babies born dependent on heroin

    Thursday, May 8 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-05-08 21:04:31 GMT
    13abc's I-Team continues to investigate the heroin epidemic. Tonight, we look at the innocent victims: babies. An important distinction is that babies aren't born addicted to drugs, they're born dependent on drugs. It is the mother who is addicted. Just like the explosion in the numbers of people addicted to heroin, we’re seeing a similar, shocking increase in the numbers of babies affected.
    13abc's I-Team continues to investigate the heroin epidemic. Tonight, we look at the innocent victims: babies. An important distinction is that babies aren't born addicted to drugs, they're born dependent on drugs. It is the mother who is addicted. Just like the explosion in the numbers of people addicted to heroin, we’re seeing a similar, shocking increase in the numbers of babies affected.
  • Eyeing summer events, Ohio officials urge vaccines

    Eyeing summer events, Ohio officials urge vaccines

    Health officials tracking measles and mumps outbreaks in Ohio are urging residents to stay up-to-date on immunizations to prevent illnesses from spreading.
    Health officials tracking measles and mumps outbreaks in Ohio are urging residents to stay up-to-date on immunizations to prevent illnesses from spreading.
  • Central Ohio mumps outbreak tops 320 cases

    Central Ohio mumps outbreak tops 320 cases

    Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has reached 321 cases, with Madison County now added to the outbreak.
    Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has reached 321 cases, with Madison County now added to the outbreak.
  • Thousands walk in Perrysburg to fight breast cancer

    Thousands walk in Perrysburg to fight breast cancer

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-05-06 19:39:09 GMT
    About 300,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Nearly 40,000 women died of the disease in 2013 but thousands of people in our region are fighting back. They'll join forces this weekend for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.The American Cancer Society has been working to finish the fight against cancer for more than a century. The walk this Saturday raises money to help find a cure and to help local patients. Tonight we introduce ...
    About 300,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Nearly 40,000 women died of the disease in 2013 but thousands of people in our region are fighting back. They'll join forces this weekend for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.The American Cancer Society has been working to finish the fight against cancer for more than a century. The walk this Saturday raises money to help find a cure and to help local patients. Tonight we introduce ...
  • Baby safety gates aren't always safe, study finds

    Baby safety gates aren't always safe, study finds

    Monday, May 5 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-05-05 14:34:32 GMT
    Baby gates meant to protect young children aren't always as safe as parents think. A new study says nearly 2,000 U.S. kids get emergency room treatment each year from injuries resulting from falling through or climbing on these gates.
    Baby gates meant to protect young children aren't always as safe as parents think. A new study says nearly 2,000 U.S. kids get emergency room treatment each year from injuries resulting from falling through or climbing on these gates.
  • Coca-cola removes controversial ingredient from Powerade

    Coca-cola removes controversial ingredient from Powerade

    Monday, May 5 2014 6:46 AM EDT2014-05-05 10:46:12 GMT
    (AP)- Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sportsdrink, after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.The ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, had been the target of a petitionby a Mississippi teenager, who questioned why it was being used in a drinkmarketed toward health-conscious athletes. The petition on Change.org notedthat the ingredient is linked to a flame retardant and is not approved foruse in Japan or the European Union.In response to customer f...
    (AP)- Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sportsdrink, after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.The ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, had been the target of a petitionby a Mississippi teenager, who questioned why it was being used in a drinkmarketed toward health-conscious athletes. The petition on Change.org notedthat the ingredient is linked to a flame retardant and is not approved foruse in Japan or the European Union.In response to customer f...
  • Powerade drops controversial ingredient

    Powerade drops controversial ingredient

    Sunday, May 4 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-05-04 18:56:16 GMT
    A controversial ingredient is being removed from some Powerade sports drinks, after the chemical was also taken out of rival Gatorade last year.
    A controversial ingredient is being removed from some Powerade sports drinks, after the chemical was also taken out of rival Gatorade last year.

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